Appeal for asylum seekers in Scotland

Red Cross sounds aid plea for asylum seekers left in poverty 26 January 2009 – Charities are demanding government action to ease the financial problems facing asylum seekers.

The Red Cross and the Refugee Survival Trust say simple rule changes would end the nightmare for hundreds each year.

They claim the problem is so bad that if it was happening abroad, the Red Cross would send in emergency aid.

For six years, single adults and childless couples arriving in Scotland to seek asylum have had to travel to the nearest screening centre – in Liverpool.

The RST have given travel grants to more than 500 refugees who would otherwise have been left destitute.

The charities will launch their findings in Glasgow today and call on the Government to solve the problem.

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